Slip and fall accidents can happen at any time. All it takes is one slip of the foot on a wet surface to cause you to lose your balance. Many debilitating injuries can arise from even a simple slip and fall accident. These injuries can cause you to lose your job, face financial difficulties and even hinder your ability to provide for you and your family.
Government entities, property owners and public facility managers have a duty to maintain the safety of their premise. If they don’t, they could be held liable for injuries sustained in a slip and fall accident.
The vast majority of slip and fall accidents occur within a business setting. For example, you could be walking in the grocery store and accidentally slip on a puddle of milk that someone spilled on the floor. If the store manager or employees did not make an effort to clean up the spill, or put up a sign warning people of it, they might be responsible for any injuries that would arise.
There are many areas of a property where an unsuspecting person could wind up tripping or slipping, such as:
- Holes in the ground or pavement
- Snow or ice that hasn’t been removed (and ground properly treated to prevent it from becoming slippery)
- Stairs that have not been properly maintained (e.g. crumbling concrete)
- Unmarked zones of danger, or failure to post signs that warn the public of a hazard
- Damaged sidewalks, driveways or walkways that lead to the business
After a Washington Slip and Fall Accident
After a slip and fall accident, immediately seek medical attention. Your health is the top priority. You could have sustained internal injuries or other issues that might show up for weeks or even months down the road. This will help document any injuries you suffered from the fall as well.
Be sure to report the incident to any staff or personnel on the premise. If you can do so in a safe manner, try to take a few pictures of the area where you slipped. Collecting the contact information for any witnesses can also be beneficial in your case. The more evidence you can compile prior to visiting a Washington injury attorney, the better.
Slip and Fall Attorneys at Herrmann Law Group
Many key factors go into determining whether or not you are entitled to compensation for your slip and fall injuries. The best way to find out is to schedule a free consultation with Herrmann Law Group today. Our experienced and qualified slip and fall attorney will sit down with you, carefully review your claim and provide our advice on the best steps moving forward.
At Herrmann Law Group, we have over 60 years of experience in helping our clients with slip and fall cases in the state of Washington. We are staffed with dedicated and passionate attorneys who will work aggressively to help you seek justice for your slip and fall injuries. Let us know how we can help you.